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42-31588

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 7/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 26/1/44; battle damaged Lippstade 25/2/44 with Ed Dozier; Co-pilot: , Navigator: , Bombardier: , Flight engineer/top turret gunner: , Radio Operator: Seymour Plissdied later from his wounds, the first 457th man at Madingley US Cemetery, Ball turret gunner: , Waist gunner: Dwight Anderson, Waist gunner: ,Tail gunner: Hyman Kalb (9RTD+ro); flak KO’d #3 plus other damage, but limped home to base; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 23/8/44.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

People

  • Edward Dozier

    Military | Major | Pilot; Squadron Commander | 457th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters after bombs away on a mission to Lippstadt a/f, GR on 21 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-31588 returned to UK with No 3 engine out and the controls, oxygen, and radio systems damaged. RTD. ...

  • Hyman Kalb

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters after bombs away on a mission to Lippstadt a/f, GR on 21 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-31588 returned to UK with No 3 engine out and the controls, oxygen, and radio systems damaged. RTD.

  • Seymour Pliss

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters after bombs away on a mission to Lippstadt a/f, GR on 21 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-31588 returned to UK with No 3 engine out and the controls, oxygen, and radio systems damaged. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 26 November 1943
Assigned Glatton Airfield, UK 26 January 1944

457BG
748BS
Q

Battle Damaged Lippstadt, Germany 25 February 1944
Salvaged Little Staughton Airfield, UK 23 August 1944

2SAD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2020 18:04:43 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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